Mikel Arteta told nine Arsenal players he should sell this summer
Mikel Arteta has been told he needs to completely sweep the board at Arsenal this summer.
And Gunners cult hero Perry Groves says that as many as NINE players should head through the Emirates exit door this summer, following their Europa League defeat to Olympiacos.
Arteta’s side returned to home soil with a first leg advantage having secured a 1-0 win in Greece last week.
But they were beaten in extra-time by the Greek side in north London on Thursday night, after a bitterly disappointing performance.
Arsenal boss Arteta is expected to shake things up in the summer, with plenty of changes to first-team personnel.
According to Groves, it won't be easy to get rid of almost an entire lineup of stars – but as Arteta looks towards the long term, it's something that he, ruthlessly, will need to do.
“He needs to get rid of players," he told talkSPORT.
“I thought it would be five or six, but I think you’re looking up to about nine players. [But] It is going to be impossible to get rid of them all in one go.
“This isn’t about talent, it’s not that they are not good players – David Luiz, (Shkrodan) Mustafi, Sokratis, (Dani) Ceballos is going to go anyway as he is on loan, Ozil, (Granit) Xhaka, (Calum) Chambers, (Mohamed) Elneny and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
"Mkhitaryan and Elneny are out on loan at this point anyway.
“He needs them now. He has to use them now because he needs bodies. Short-term they have a future, long-term, no.
“It’s very similar to when George Graham went there in 1986 and he had a lot of players. Very talented players, but they did not have the desire that he required.
“He got rid of them and went and got players from the lower league like Alan Smith, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn.”
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